ArmInfo.Over a year and a half, the RA government returned working capital in the amount of 180 billion drams ($ 377mln) to the business. The Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan wrote about this on his Facebook page.
Thus, according to the head of the government, as of January 1, 2018, the government owed business entities over- payments of taxes in the amount of 275 billion drams ($ 576 million). As of December 1, 2019, the debt is 95 billion drams ($ 199mln), including current debts and VAT debits. "That is, in a year and a half, the government returned working capital in the amount of 180 billion drams to the business. The process continues, including VAT in the form of a refund of debits," Pashinyan wrote.
Earlier, ArmInfo reported that on September 12, the Armenian government decided to return 56 billion drams worth of VAT debit balance to business entities. As the head of SRC David Ananyan explained, after the entry into force of the new Tax Code, the difference between the old and the new debit balance was established. New ones - after July 1, 2018, are returned to economic entities on the basis of their own quarterly statement, while the old ones are sent exclusively to pay off upcoming VAT obligations. "With this decision, we eliminate the distinction between old and new receivables, which will be applied from January 1, 2020," he said. Moreover, as the head of the SRC pointed out, the very next day, after the approval of the bill, taxpayers can apply for extra payments formed at that time according to the following scheme: for business entities with debts of less than 5 million drams, VAT debit will be returned without desk checks , for debts of 5 to 40 million drams, VAT funds will be returned in a simplified manner - based on the application of the economic entity and the information available to the tax authority, and if the threshold of 40 million drams is exceeded - funds will be returned based on the results of documentary studies and confirmation of validity. According to the head of the tax and customs committee, the matter is about 9 thousand business entities, 3 thousand of which are old debit debts - the state owed 56 billion 443 million drams. "By the end of the year, we will return 50 billion drams from the indicated 56 billion drams," Ananyan said.
The head of the SRC reminded that as of January 2018, the tax authority owed 275 billion drams to business entities. Having resolved the situation with 50 billion drams, as the chief tax specialist pointed out, 72-75 billion drams remain for current obligations, which are formed and repaid. "I think by January 1, 2020 we will be able to declare that within two years we have reduced our debt to business entities by 220 billion drams, which is common for a developed state," he said.